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The Stunning Transformation Of The Obama Sisters

April 19, 2024
During their dad's two terms in the White House, "first kids" Sasha and Malia Obama have transformed from cute tweens to sophisticated fashion icons right before our eyes
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When The Obama Sisters Stepped Out At The Democratic National Convention

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When the Obama sisters stepped out at the Democratic National Convention

The future first family looked perfectly put together in rich magenta hues at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. This event marked the beginning of the Obama family's presidential journey. At the time, Sasha and Malia were just 7 and 10 years old, respectively, yet they already exhibited the style and grace of seasoned political pros.



The Obama Sisters Made A Colorful Crew On Inauguration Day

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The Obama sisters made a colorful crew on Inauguration Day

For Barack Obama's first presidential inauguration in January 2009, the Obama sisters stepped out in colorful wool coats and winter accessories designed especially for them by J.Crew. Malia, 10, looked stunning in sapphire blue, while Sasha, 7, appeared age-appropriate in tones of orange and pink. Over the years, the first lady and her daughters have frequently turned to this iconic American brand for classic statement pieces.



And Puppy Makes Five

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And puppy makes five

In April 2009, the White House announced that the Obama family had accepted a gift from Sen. Ted Kennedy, a Portuguese water dog named Bo. Here are Sasha and Malia getting to know Boand the strength of his leashon the South Lawn of the White House on April 14, 2009. The puppy's photo op also gave the nation a chance to see the girls dressed casually, just like any other kids.



The Obama Sisters' Sunday Best

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The Obama sisters' Sunday best

Nearly two years into Obama's first term, 9-year-old Sasha and 12-year-old Malia continued to epitomize elegance in and around Washington D.C. Notice the sibling sophistication during this visit to St. John's Episcopal Church, known as the "Church of the Presidents" on September 19, 2010.



The Obama Sisters Went Jet Setting In Style

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The Obama sisters went jet-setting in style

When your father is President of the United States, you're inevitably going to do some world traveling. The adorable tweens donned patriotic patterns to meet Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at Palacio do Alvorada in March 2011.



Christmas In Washington For The Obamas

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Christmas in Washington for the Obamas

The Obama sisters dazzled on stage in 2011 for the 30th annual Christmas in Washington concert held at the National Building Museum. Joined by plenty of music celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, and Cee Lo Green, Sasha and Malia stood out from this A-list lineup in stunning holiday frocks. Malia, 13, looked all grown up in a mustard yellow satin dress with bell sleeves by Elizabeth and James, and Sasha, 10, appeared lovely in lavender.



The Obama Sisters Looked Like A Million Bucks...on A Budget

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The Obama sisters looked like a million bucks...on a budget

When you're as powerful as the Obama family, one would assume the price tag of the kids' wardrobes would be the equivalent of a year's worth of rent. Well, think again. The first daughters have routinely proved that you don't need to spend a lot to look like a million bucks. A classic example of this: the family's trip to the Nickelodeon 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in March 2012. Sasha and Malia donned affordable and chic ensembles by U.K. online shopping brand ASOS. According to NBC News, Malia's leather belt retailed for about $36 and Sasha's mono print dress cost about $75.



Where Did The Time Go?

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Where did the time go?

Sasha and Malia had everyone asking, "Where does the time go?" when they appeared at the 2012 Democratic National Convention looking poised and oh so sophisticated. Gone were the doll-like pink dresses of their first inauguration. For this occasion, Malia, 14, continued to prove she is the spitting image of her mother in a chic blue dress by H&M and nude ballet flats. Sasha solidified her standing as the most fashionable 11-year-old in the world in a printed dress by Anthropologie, paired with a studded yellow belt and silver flats.



The Obama Sisters Were A Polished Pair On Their Second Inauguration Day

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The Obama sisters were a polished pair on their second Inauguration Day

At the start of President Obama's second term in office, it was remarkable to witness just how much the first daughters had grown up in four short years. Entering the inaugural ceremony in complementary coats, Malia wore J.Crew while Sasha opted for Kate Spade. The two looked incredibly mature, but when they pulled out a cell phone for obligatory selfies, these two proved that no matter how grown up they looked, they were still just kids.



Totally In Demand

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Totally in demand

Need more proof that Sasha and Malia are trendsetters? Sasha, 12, created such a frenzy after she donned this $18 unicorn sweater from ASOS to a college basketball game, that fans actually contacted the company demanding the sweater be reissued. Now, that's what the fashion industry would call a slam dunk.



The Obama Sisters Displayed Fashion Forward Diplomacy In China

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The Obama sisters displayed fashion-forward diplomacy in China

On a trip to China to visit President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, the Obama ladies stunned in shades of red. Twelve-year-old Sasha's crimson dress was cute and flattering next to her mother's outfit, but 15-year-old Malia's pick snagged all the headlines. The New York Daily News called the $112 two-tiered floral pattern from Topshop "the frock heard round the world." It reportedly sold out of stores soon after photos of the young lady emerged.



A Velvet Vision And A LBD

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A velvet vision and a LBD


Che Bello! The Obama Sisters Look Lovely In Italy

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Che bello! The Obama sisters look lovely in Italy


Giving Thanks For Dad Jokes And Stylish Looks

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Giving thanks for dad jokes and stylish looks


Sophistication At The State Dinner

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Sophistication at the state dinner


Traveling The World And Adopting Local Customs

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Traveling the world and adopting local customs


Beachside Getaways With Friends

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Beachside getaways with friends


Malia Obama Catches London's Eye

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Malia Obama catches London's eye


They Didn't Give A 'cluck' At The Turkey Pardoning

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They didn't give a 'cluck' at the turkey pardoning


Malia Partied Hard At University

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Malia partied Hard At University

While on a college tour in 2015, Malia decided to partake in (or at least observe) some traditional collegiate activities at Brown University. The Daily Caller (via Us Weekly) published a Snapchat screenshot of the first daughter standing close to a table littered with red plastic cups. Twitter exploded with observations from Brown students. "Standing next to Malia Obama at a party nbd," read one of the many tweets (via Buzzfeed); another twitter user claimed the first daughter was "taking shots and playing beer pong." Brown students later apologized for the leaked photos through an editorial in the student newspaper, The Brown Daily Herald, admitting the campus "had no chill" during the visit. Needless to say, Malia chose to attend Harvard University instead.



Malia Partied In Martha's Vineyard

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Malia partied in Martha's Vineyard


Sasha Fangirled Over Ryan Reynolds

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Sasha fangirled over Ryan Reynolds


Leaked Instagram Photo Leaked

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Leaked Instagram photo leaked


Malia Allegedly Smoked, Twerked At Lollapalooza

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Malia allegedly smoked, twerked at Lollapalooza


Dating Is Going To Be Interesting

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Dating is going to be interesting


They Had Summer Jobs

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They Had Summer Jobs


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